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Joe Biden Confuses Memorial Day With Labor Day – But Remembers That August Is Before Labor Day

April 22, 2020

Presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden mistook Memorial Day for Labor Day while answering a question from a reporter about when he would announce a vice presidential running mate.

Biden did a 10-minute remote interview with KDKA-TV in Pittsburgh on Tuesday, April 21.

A transcript of the exchange follows:

Reporter:  Do you think we’ll have a candidate by the, ah, by Memorial Day?

Biden:  Well, my guess is, ah, we probably will. Ah, that, ah — again, I don’t, again, make that guarantee. But by that time, this, this nominating process is, because of the good graces of Bernie Sanders and others, has ended earlier than it usually does – even though we’ve not had a convention yet. Ahm, but, uh, I-I-I-I’m-I’m-I’m quite sure that would be the case, because, right now the, ah, the convention is scheduled, ah, in August, before Memorial Day.

Are you saying Memorial or Labor?

Reporter:  I said Memorial Day.

Biden:  Oh, no, no, no, no. It won’t be before Memorial Day. No, it won’t. We’re, we’re just getting the process under way.

Reporter:  Fourth of July?

Biden:  Oh I don’t know. I’m not going to make that commitment.


Memorial Day this year is Monday, May 25. Labor Day is Monday, September 7.

The 2020 Democratic National Convention is scheduled for Monday, August 17 through Thursday, August 20.